RHODIOLA

OTHER NAME(S):

Arctic Root, Extrait de Rhodiole, Golden Root, Hongjingtian, King's Crown, Lignum Rhodium, Orpin Rose, Racine d'Or, Racine Dorée, Racine de Rhadiola, Rhodiola rosea, Rhodiole, Rhodiole Rougeâtre, Rodia Riza, Rose Root, Rose Root Extract, Rosenroot, Roseroot, Rosewort, Sedum rhodiola, Sedum rosea, Siberian Golden Root, Siberian Rhodiola Rosea, Snowdown Rose.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Rhodiola is a plant. The root is used as medicine.

Rhodiola is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn't enough scientific evidence to determine whether it is effective for any of them.

Rhodiola is most commonly used for increasing energy, endurance, strength, and mental capacity. It is also used as a so-called "adaptogen" to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.

Rhodiola is native to the arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and Alaska. It has a long history of use as a medicinal plant in Iceland, Sweden, France, Russia, and Greece. It is mentioned by the Greek physician Dioscorides as early as the first century AD.

Some people use the term "arctic root" as the general name for this product; however, arctic root is actually a trademarked name for a specific commercial extract.

How does it work?

Rhodiola extracts might help protect cells from damage, regulate heartbeat, and have the potential for improving learning and memory.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Altitude sickness. Early research shows that taking rhodiola four times per day for 7 days doesn't improve blood oxygen or oxidative stress in people in high-altitude conditions.
  • Improving athletic performance. There is conflicting evidence on the effectiveness of rhodiola for improving athletic performance. Overall, it seems that short-term but not long-term doses of rhodiola might improve some measurements of athletic performance. However, neither short-term nor long-term doses appear to improve muscle function or reduce muscle damage due to exercise.
  • Bladder cancer. Early research suggests that rhodiola might provide some benefits in bladder cancer. However, rhodiola does not reduce the risk for relapse.
  • Depression. Early research shows that taking rhodiola extract might improve symptoms of depression after 6 weeks of treatment in people with mild-to-moderately severe depression.
  • Heart damage caused by the drug epirubicin. Early research suggests that taking a rhodiola constituent called salidroside starting one week before chemotherapy and continuing throughout chemotherapy reduces heart damage caused by the chemotherapy drug epirubicin.
  • Fatigue. Early research suggests that rhodiola might decrease fatigue in stressful situations. A specific rhodiola extract seems to decrease fatigue and increase a sense of well-being in students taking exams, night-shift workers, and sleep-deprived military cadets. Another rhodiola extract also seems to reduce mental fatigue in first-year college students. There is conflicting evidence regarding a combination product containing rhodiola extract, schisandra berry extract, and Siberian ginseng extract. Some research shows it improves mental performance in tired individuals performing mental tasks. Other research shows it doesn't work.
  • Anxiety. Early evidence suggests that specific rhodiola extract might lower anxiety and depression in people with a condition called generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Stress. Early research shows that taking a specific rhodiola extract before breakfast and lunch can improve stress symptoms in people with life-stress.
  • Aging.
  • Cancer.
  • Diabetes.
  • Hearing loss.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Increasing energy.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Stress-associated heart disorders.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of rhodiola for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Rhodiola is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth, short-term. Twice daily doses of rhodiola extract have been used safely for 6-10 weeks. The safety of long-term use is not known. Rhodiola might cause dizziness, dry mouth, or excessive saliva production.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information about the safety of taking Rhodiola if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Autoimmune diseases: Rhodiola might simulate the immune system. In theory, it might worsen autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and others.

Diabetes: Rhodiola might reduce blood sugar levels. In theory, rhodiola might increase the risk of blood sugar levels becoming too low, especially in patients taking insulin or other diabetes medications.

Low blood pressure: Rhodiola might lower blood pressure. In theory, rhodiola might cause blood pressure to become too low, especially in people who already have low blood pressure.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for RHODIOLA Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of rhodiola depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for rhodiola. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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